WATCH THE WEATHER

Bird Watching (UK) - - May Id Challenge -

This is less of an ID tip than a bit of ad­vice to help you to get into a sit­u­a­tion where ID be­comes per­ti­nent. In brief, when the skies are clear, and the sun is out, our Swal­lows, martins and Swifts may seem to dis­ap­pear, as they climb into the clear skies in search of fly­ing in­sects. How­ever, with low cloud and per­haps a bit of driz­zly rain, they de­scend seem­ingly from nowhere and come down to eye level or be­low. This is par­tic­u­larly the case over wa­ter bod­ies, where the birds come down to feed off the sur­face as in­sects emerge. So, if you want to test your iden­ti­fi­ca­tion skills of this ‘group’, head out to your lo­cal lake or gravel pit when the weather is a bit grim.

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